Let’s say you go to the beach for your vacation. You set up your umbrella, chairs, cooler….whatever. You go out into the water. 15 – 20 minutes later you look up and you are no longer in front of your umbrella. The waves have slowly moved you away from your umbrella – you have drifted away.
What happens when you leave the safety of your umbrella?
Jonah was a prophet. He walked with God. God told him to do something and he ran the other way. Jonah walked in willful disobedience.
Anytime you know what is right and you do not do it, it is walking in willful rebellion.
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We know its not right and we do it anyway. We willfully abandon the safety of our umbrella.
Why? Are we smarter than God?
When you leave the safety of your umbrella, you are not protected from the storm. But God has a way of getting our attention. V4-6.
It is possible that your sin will affect other people.
Are you bringing others down with you?
Why? Do other people need to suffer because of you?
The storm stops when Jonah is thrown into the sea.
The boat leaves and Jonah is alone. Then a giant fish comes and swallows him up.
It is serious when you leave the safety of your umbrella.
The 10 Commandments is like a covenant.
The fifth commandment is Honor Your Father and Mother.
A willful act of disobedience got them killed.
The penalty for breaking covenant is death.
So it looks like when we decide to take matters into our own hands, we are telling Jesus that what He did on the cross was not good enough.
So we have our own little shouting match with God.
Our willful disobedience insults the Holy Spirit. We are not stoned or killed. We have broken fellowship with the almighty, majestic, Holy God and stopped growing in our spirit. We have detoured from our sanctification process.
Isaiah 64 says that our righteousness is like filthy rags.
Back to the storm.
Jonah cries out to God from the belly of the fish. Are we like Jonah?
Do we wait for our life to be so far out of whack that we are hanging on by a string? Then we call out to God?
But to our friends, everything is normal. We come to church, sing our songs, hang out at fellowships and we are tormented on the inside. We are still not under the umbrella.
Playing church just doesn’t cut it. Your praise and tithe is worthless.
God wants us to do what we ought to do when we ought to do it.
In other words, if you talk the talk, then walk the walk.
There is a certain lifestyle Christians are to live, a certain conduct we are to maintain. Most of us have the discipline to go to work or school everyday and get there on time. But we let other stuff get in the way of praying and reading our Bible. Heck, we don’t even come to church on a regular basis.
Remember 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
We will ultimately stand before God and give an account of how we lived on this earth as a Christian. Think – how will we stand on that day? Will we approach God with confidence or stand before Him embarrassed over a life of waste and neglect?
It doesn’t have to be that way.